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The Legend of Amarnath Temple

Religious, Treks - Shubham Varshney - August 9, 2018

Amarnath Temple

I found myself in the middle of the majestic Himalayan Peaks, some are having a shawl of snow covering their shoulders. It was an unusual day, unusual because that type of day comes once in a blue moon. This is the day on which I had a chance to get closer to Amarnath Temple (cave). The cave where the sole power of the world (for me) incarnate into an ice stalagmite.

The story of the Amarnath Temple is just very amazing and eminent. When I was a kid, my father brought a CD which was on the whole Yatra and had the reason that why this place got so much of reverence.

The Legend of Amarnath Temple

Baltal Valley

The legend has it that Lord Shiva (sole creator and destroyer of this World), lover of silence and meditation, chose this cave to tell his consort (Goddess Parvati) the secret of his immortality. The place got placed in his heart due to its fanatic presence. The place is covered with a sweet tone of silence and in that period of time, nobody could able to reach there.

 

Also, I have also heard that when Lord Shiva was narrating her the Amar (immortal) Katha (Story), she felt under a deep sleep and unwilling a pair of white pigeon, heard the whole story. From thence, they both are immortal and they came into a sight of luckiest one (I am not that one, till now).

The Day starts with its Magical Sprinkles

Baltal Valley

In my last post, Amarnath Yatra 2018, I have experienced my journey towards Baltal and I was all set to depart to feel the glory of that phallus for of my almighty. I was very excited and very keen to get that experience noted down on my life’s pages.

Baltal Market

That night (before the day on which my meeting was fixed with Lord Shiva) was the most peaceful night of my life. Outside our camps in Baltal Base Camp, I was clearly able to see the stars twinkling in a rhythm, making the night more meaningful. And the road which took seekers to the heaven, the road going straight towards Leh, was just up high on a gigantic mountain. As if the night was wanted to tell me that the whole universe was with me.

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It was the morning of 14th of July, for many it was a middle of the night because the clock was clinging to 3 AM. Everyone was getting ready because the Baltal access gates open at 5 in the morning and I was just struggling in assuming that the night which I lived some hour ago really happened in my life. I checked my phone and due to the Airtel postpaid connection, I was easily able to get in touch with loved once.

Ice trek

The temperature of the hall was 11° Celsius and for me, it was like it went under minus because I was filling that everything got frozen. On my phone, there were several missed calls and many messages from my friend. She just wanted to know that Is I am ok, that was her approach after a long period of time. I replied to her with a gentle smile “I am fine and heading towards my dream” and thanked my Lord for his inviting gift. And the thing that really made my day great that she replied at that very moment and we had a deep conversation.

Fourteen Kilometer Route to Amarnath Temple

Amarnath Ghaati

At 5 AM, me with my mates, standing in the queues at Baltal Access Gates. The daylight slowly getting a win over the darkness of the night, the name of the Lord was echoing in the Himalayan hills, Sindh River was flowing at her pace. From Baltal the distance of the cave is 14 kilometer and those who knew that they can’t be able to cover that by foot, took the advantages of ponies and horses.

Heaven

Just after passing the gates I graveled road came into in my sight and I was only able to see the enormous beauty of mountains. Most of the people don’t prefer this Baltal route because it is very steep and much dangerous. The whole fourteen-kilometer trek is a hair pinned dirt road, on one side there is a tall mountain and on another, a deep ditch. And that is for everyone, for ponies, for horses, and for pedestrians.

Sunrise at Amarnath

The whole arena was glittering in the love of that soul power, I was able to listen to the murmuring of wind. The sunlight showed its dance on the hills, as the Sun got up from the horizon. The period was of a very heavy rainfall but the universe conspired against the warrior of light and made my way free from rain. The moment was much like the one I had in Rishikesh and finds out some classic places to visit in Rishikesh.

Possibility to Fall in Love with Nature and Life

Water streams

In the whole trek, I took five halts, which was much necessary for the body. In the middle of the trek, there were many streams of waters flowing down from the mountains peaks. The water of those streams was honestly that powerful enough to cause hypothermia, even at the corners of those streams there were the frozen decks.

Amarnath Temple

That 14-kilometer trek was really my life changing trek. It introduces me to the death and taught me how to get rid of from the fear of death. Also, it strengthens my love and belief in Lord Shiva and took me to closer to him. That was really like a road to heaven. And I have covered it whole by my feet. Though at some points of time, I felt dead on my feet and when I reached under the kind shadow of Amarnath Temple the whole tiresome mixed with the wind and blown away.

road to cave

amarnath yatraThe very dangerous road, the changing climatic conditions, and those terror attacks were just transformed into great stories and they only became the myth for me. In five hours, I covered those 14 kilometers and those 485 steps to get entry into the cave. I have seen Lord Shiva sitting in front of me and smiled at me as if he was just waiting for me. The moment was really very fascinating, glorious, and full of lives.

Amarnath Cave

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As I have shared in my post Amarnath Yatra latest news, that this year the largest security belt was given to this annual pilgrimage and the Indian Army, Indian Government, and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) made this pilgrimage safe and peaceful. A big thank to them.

 

 

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The Legends of 84 Kos Brij Yatra

My Trip, Religious - Shubham Varshney - March 31, 2018

It was past half 4 in the morning and I was ready to embark my voyage to the prestigious and India’s very fortunate land, Brij Bhoomi. At that time stars were glittering in the sky, no sign of Sun or daylight. We were just about to explore a sacred and off the beaten places, which Lord Krishna revealed them his magical powers. There are some stories which are connected to those marvelous places. On which I will come in next paragraph. With me, there were some people to whom I love very much and a little bit more they love me back without any selfishness (my lovely lady, mom, and my supreme venerable, dad).

A day before this day, I explored and found some places to visit in Barsana. I was told that there are several villages in this whole Brij Bhoomi, which witnessed all the notorious activities of Lord Krishna and some places are familiar with the daydreamings of Shree Radha Rani. Our relatives used to live there, as they retired and puked themselves in the services of adorable couple. They told us that in this Brij region, there are all the four pilgrimages Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri present. Along with Neel Kanth Mahadev (originally located above the Rishikesh), Har ki Pauri (Haridwar).

The whole Brij Mandal (region) is widely spread in 84 kos, which a kos stands for 3.62 km and the total something about 300 km. People say that about 5000 years ago, when the Lord was just about 5 years old, his parents express their keen desire to Krishna, that they want to go on a pilgrimage (Char Dham Yatra). The Char Dham, four abodes or four sacred pilgrimage centers of Hinduism, in all the four sides respectively. Just to fulfill the desires of his aged parents and after scrutinizing their conditions, Lord Krishna with his superstitious powers brought all the divine forms of these places of worship.

How to get there and from where to start:

No doubt in assuming that all these places should be on the top of Aravali hills and the mountains are easily accessed by road but somewhere it is nicely built and somewhere gravel paths. Once arrival at Barsana, you could easily book a cab in 3000 bucks for the whole trip. There is no need of a guide, drivers know each and everything about these places. It is a belief that one who completes 84 kos Brij yatra, gets the pure blessing of the god and no one can harm them in any way.

These are the places which I have visited on this short 84 kos brij Yatra:-

  • Kameshwar Mahadev
  • Vimal Kund
  • Charan Pahadi
  • Kedarnath abode
  • Badrinath Temple
  • Gangotri and Yamunotri with Neelkanth Mahadev
  • Har ki Pauri
  • And in the last, Yoga Maya Temple.

The things which have blown away my mind are:-

  • Charan Pahadi (feet hill), the saying is that once Lord Krishna was playing the flute and the whole atmosphere was so charged that the mountains were started melting. The feet of god was imprinted there and it is still there. We can touch it and we can feel it.
  • Kedarnath Temple, as like the original one it is situated on the top of the hill very beautifully. About 400 steps we have to hunt down in order to have a glimpse of Lord Mahadev. The steps of that Kedarnath Yatra are just nose-bleeding up from the grounds.
  • Instead of not having a famous stand, this place gets visitors from far and wide. I have seen many cars climbing the mountain which led to Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. People make their regular pilgrimage to this sacred place.
  • There I have seen Har ki Pauri as, like the one in Haridwar, I had a dry dip in the holy place (nowadays water is not there). Neelkanth Mahadev as like the one situated above the Rishikesh and much more amazing things.

No matter if you’re a person of faith or not there are still plenty of things to experience. The views from the top of every hill are simply breath-taking. You have to believe on it, with me, that these photographs are not doing justice to these places. With an uninterrupted vista out over the gracious land, you will feel the magic in the air. I recommend this place to the peace seekers, religious, living person, and mountain lovers. Please have a visit to this beautiful place, it’s a plea from the core of my heart.

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Feelings for supreme power and things to do in Barsana: Day 1

My Trip, Religious - Shubham Varshney - March 19, 2018

“When will happen and how will happen, what should I give the reference?
When you are up then, for what I have to worry.
Every second, every minute, my soul can manifest that
You are here, you are present hither and thither”

These are the lines which are written on a wall in a small town Barsana, near to Mathura and Delhi. It is the village of Radha Rani, the saying-consort of Lord Krishna, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Hope you all are acquainted with him, from the Indian Mythologies, he is the preserver of this world and one of the sole powers which are ubiquitous. My sanctimonious part and full reverence to my deities, taken me to this village and right after entering in this town, I heard my inner voice which was like “I have had made the right choice”.

Barsana is a village, near Mathura and somewhat 132 km is the distance from Delhi. This city is situated in the foothills of Aravali hills. There is a saying that on the hill where the Palace of Radha Rani is, is the mountain form taken by Lord Bhramha, the creator of this World. And the anecdote is that Lord Bhramha expresses his desires that he wanted to live in the feet of Radha Rani. Lord Krishna in his notorious age had many girl-friends, but Radha Rani was the one to whom he loved the most. And now they both are worshiped together, as a couple though they are not.

This village quite a well famous not only among Indians but for some foreigners too, as I was able to spot some. The main temple or the Palace of Radha Rani is at top of the hill (called Bhramha Parvat) in the center of the village. There are two ways which can lead you to the sanctum sanctorum where the couple is magnificently present in the form of Idols, one is the steps way and the second one is the upward plain incline way. No matter which way you choose but the thing is, they both worth. Once you will get to stand in front of the Idols and you will start feeling fanatic behavior in you and you will be able to create a deeper relationship with the sole power.

Well, it may sound a little bit surprising that this is the village where one should visit at least for once because hearing the tales from the saints about the superficial power that they had done this thing here and that thing there. Imagining the playings of Lord Krishna at the right front place is the thing which can provide you the real calm. If you had a kind and gentle heart than this place will make you feel the presence of Lord in the air, in the sand, or even in the wells. The air keeps moaning itself “Radhey Radhey” and even the gravel paths keep churning the same “Radhey Radhey”.

They say that the wells (also emptied), once had all medicinal herbs were present in them and the water was as pure as the love which had the power to rejuvenate anyone. There were lots of things which are very beautiful and safely kept by the caretakers, who even had the small connection with the divine form. Digging into more deeper in the tales of Lord Krishna, there were 8 other female-close-friends other than Shree Radha Rani lord have had. With whom they played, they used to tease them, makes fun of them and also loved very much. In today’s time, in Barsana there are 8 temples where all the 8 Gopis resides and the main from the mains is Lalita Devi, sitting on the peak of a hill, the constant companion of the couple.

Things to do in Barsana just to make the most out of your trip:

  • Visit all the eight temples of each gopi (Sakhi), at each temple you will see that how nature’s beauty lie at the feet of supreme power.
  • Climb up all the stairs which led to the Radha Rani temple and others stack of stairs to the Maan Mandir (temple).
  • Try out some snacks at Rangeeli Gali, buy some souvenirs and take back them to your home.
  • Drink sugarcane juice as much as you can, it was just in 10 bucks.
  • Join the sermon chanting at any of the temples and play some instrument if you want and let yourself drift into the state of nirvana.

These are the couple of things which one can do in the lavish village, and in the last, I believe that exploring a whole city cannot be possible, it is more of a journey than a destination. So, here I have had discussed all the things that I have gained from this village and just wanted that have a visit to this village and I bet you, you will have to get used to it.

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